Hiawatha Fire Department attends SCAFFA training

By Jordanne Shockley
Hiawatha World – March 27, 2015
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Four members of the Hiawatha Fire Department traveled to Topeka March 19-21 to attend the annual State Capital Area Firefighters Association training. Each year at SCAFFA, numerous classes are offered to firefighters across the state of Kansas. The classes HFD members attended were AFG Grant Writing, Downed Power Lines, Rebranding your Department, Recruitment and Retention, and Company Officers. Nicholas Siebenmorgen said, “In Rebranding your Department class we learned how to rebuild our department after any turmoil situation. Learning to identify our strengths and weaknesses will help our department rebuild.” He continued, “Having community support is a must in any department.”

Once classes were done for the day, the HFD members attended the vendor fair to see the latest technology of equipment, emergency lights, and gear. “Meeting with different vendors not only offers our department options to buy equipment, but also builds relationships with the company,” said Ryan Shockley.

One special treat the HFD members had while in Topeka was visiting with Brandon Hartley, a former HFD member. Hartley is now a full time firefighter in Topeka. He is stationed at Topeka Fire Station #2. Hartley gave a tour of the fire station which has one brush truck, one engine truck, one rescue boat, and four members staffed each shift. Hartley also showed the HFD members the bunk room, kitchen, living room, and work room. Nicholas Barber said, “Visiting with the TFD was interesting in how they operate as a full time department compared to a volunteer department.” He continues, “TFD firefighters work 24 hours shifts as the HFD is called out when an emergency arises.” Also Barber said, “It was also interesting to see TFD only had two trucks in their station compared to our eight.”

The HFD would like to thank the City of Hiawatha for allowing the four members to attend SCAFFA. The information obtained from the annual event will be presented at the next fire meeting.

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